Search Results: "Lucia Berlin"


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A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A testament to a writer whose explorations of society's rougher corners deserve wider attention."
A posthumous collection of stories, almost uniformly narrated by hard-living women, that makes a case for the author as a major talent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"An insightful meditation on the physical and cultural journeys of African-Americans in the United States."
A succinct study of how the migrations of African Americans, from the slavery era to the present, affected the development of black culture in America. Read full book review >

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Released: May 20, 1976

"The essays do not overlap, but are presented in stimulating contrast to and concert with one another."
Vico, the great philosopher and legal theorist of the Enlightenment who lived and died in obscurity, was among the first to sound the prevailing modern theme. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Penetrating work from the old fox of liberalism, as brilliant in rethinking the past as in recreating its thought."
More of a motley in scope than previous selections of his essays (The Crooked Timber of Humanity, 1991, etc.), this collection nonetheless displays Berlin's superb erudition and always stimulating insights. Read full book review >

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HEADLOCK by Adam Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2000

"Easy entertainment, from a still-imitative writer who may grow."
Berlin debuts with a deft but conventional tale of youth and anger, in a fictional house of toughness resting on a thin psychological foundation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1998

"A cogently argued, well-researched narrative that points to the complex nature of American slavery, the falsity of many of our stereotypes, and the unique world wrought by the slaves themselves. (4 illustrations, 4 maps)"
In a real contribution to the literature of American slavery, Berlin (History/Univ. of Maryland, College Park; co-editor, Families and Freedom, 1997) sketches the complex evolution of that institution in the American colonies and the early US. Read full book review >

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Death Is Not "The End" by Mandy Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2015

"Fans of the movie Ghost will enjoy this tale of love surviving death."
A skeptic gains a new outlook on life after her husband's premature death from cancer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Critical yet fair scrutiny gives new life to an attractive, even Blakean figure who anticipated the Industrial Revolution's dark satanic mills."
Oxford philosopher/historian Berlin's strangest book, one that he set aside 25 years ago and had no wish to return to until editor Hardy intervened. Read full book review >

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THE ETHICAL BUTCHER by Berlin Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"A provocative, personal look at food production and locally sustained agriculture that may change the way readers decide what to put on their plates."
Part food memoir and part an argument for supporting sustainable, locally sourced organic food. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2012

"Emotionally unflinching stories of considerable power, wonder and humor."
A prize-winning poet (and MacArthur Fellow grant recipient) extends her literary mastery with a debut story collection. Read full book review >

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I'll Be Looking at the Moon by Lucia Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2016

"A sweet story of strength and second chances."
A woman seeks to put her troubled childhood behind her in Barrett's debut novel. Read full book review >

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SERIOUSLY by Lucia Nevai
Released: June 9, 2004

"An earnest fictional effort that, in all, still seems to be searching for what it really wants to be about."
Certain moments have their allure, but most things are familiar in Nevai's (Normal, stories, 1997) tales of small-town gossip, suspicion, and intrigue. Read full book review >